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Turn & Talk with Ellin Keene, Sara Ahmed, and Linda Rief

In this third Turn and Talk discussion, Ellin is joined by Linda Rief (The Quickwrite Handbook) and Sara Ahmed (Being the Change) as they share their stories of their teaching journeys, teacher autonomy, and student inquiry.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 7, 2018 12:27:54 PM

Sara Ahmed on Identity and Experience

In her newest book, Being the Change, author Sara Ahmed explores the importance of social comprehension in the classroom… In July Sara spoke at the Nerd Camp literacy conference in Michigan about the tensions many of us feel during big moments in history.  (continue reading)
Steph George Sep 12, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Summer PD Podcast Minisode Two: Growing Socially Literate Citizens

This week on the Heinemann Podcast, we're excited to bring you the second of three special minisodes, and invite you all into the conversations of the Heinemann Summer Book Study, hosted in the Heinemann PD Teaching and Learning Facebook Group.  (continue reading)
Steph George Aug 7, 2018 9:40:00 AM

Now Available: Being the Change Study Guide!

This study guide will be your companion as you work through the book, helping you to consider how you can put the skills of social comprehension to work in your own life.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jun 8, 2018 10:08:58 AM

Sara Ahmed, Christine Hertz, and Kristine Mraz on Empathy

In today’s podcast we’ve brought together authors Sarah Ahmed, Christine Hertz and Kristine Mraz, to discuss empathy not as something we have, but rather as an ongoing, daily practice that must be prioritized in our minds and actions.  (continue reading)
Steph George May 31, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Keeping the Focus on the Kids

If we want kids to learn to comprehend others' identities and perspectives, those identities and perspectives must be shared. To do this productively while also maintaining a safe environment for our kids, we may need to modify our approach.  (continue reading)
Steph George May 28, 2018 6:30:00 AM

Kristi Mraz on Being the Change

Sara defines social comprehension as developing “skills and habits to help us comprehend social issues and participate in relevant, transparent conversations.” She points out that this skill is learned, and to me, that means we need to be teaching it from the first day of school in kindergarten.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 13, 2018 11:50:08 AM

What is Social Comprehension in the Classroom?

There are few absolutes in social comprehension; full immersion in it often yields more questions than answers. This work is messy because it is authentic and because it deals with human beings.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 26, 2018 6:38:00 AM

Sara Ahmed on Her New Book Being the Change

How do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask and have tough conversations? Author Sara Ahmed says it begins with discomfort and not trying to save the moment.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 22, 2018 4:23:14 PM

Terrence J. Roberts on Being the Change

This blog comes to us from Terrence J. Roberts, PhD., member of the Little Rock Nine. He is currently Principal of the management-consulting firm Terrence Roberts Consulting. The following is his encouraging and reflective forward for Sara Ahmed's upcoming book Being The Change.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 21, 2018 7:27:00 AM

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